Board of Education

Board of Education
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
Fax 301.334.7621

Minutes September 8, 1998






Oakland, Maryland 21550


Tuesday, September 8, 1998



Part I - Call to Order

Mr. Patrick Riley, president of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 3:05 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Dale Carpenter, Mr. Rodney Durst and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members, and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

Mr. Riley asked that the assembly observe a moment of silence in which consideration be given to local firefighters who were en route to a fire in McHenry, Maryland.

Part II - Public Comment

There was no public comment at this time.

Part III - Executive Session

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 3:10 p.m. in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Title to conduct an appeal hearing, to consult with the Board attorney, and to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals. Mr. James Raley arrived at 3:10 p.m. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources were present during all or part of the executive session. Personnel topics included resignations, appointments, coaches, and volunteer assistant coaches.

Part IV - Return to Public Session

At 6:30 p.m. Mr. Riley reopened the public session and asked that the assembly observe a moment of silence, after which he led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Part V - Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously accepted the meeting agenda.

Part VI - Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Minutes of August 11, 1998, were unanimously approved with the following amendments: Part VII , Mr. Carpenter, not Mr. Riley, seconded the motion; page 3009, paragraph 5, sentence three, change Athat@ to Aa need@; and three editorial corrections.

Part VII - Administrative Concerns

Mr. Michael Sines, Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations presented the revised Capital Improvement Program (CIP) B FY 2000 to FY 2004 -- showing proposed expenditures and local and State funding sources. Included within the CIP are Abundled projects@ which include plans for the renovation of the Southern High School gym/foyer and library/stage and the design and construction of an auxiliary gym at Northern High School. Funds for these projects are Abundled@together to be spread out over a five-year period. Additional projects proposed for FY 2000 are Swan Meadow HVA replacement, Northern High greenhouse replacement, Dennett Road boiler replacement, purchase of school equipment, and the Technology in Maryland Schools (TIMS) project. Mr. Chuck Trautwein, Computer Resource Teacher, explained that FY 2000 would be the third year of the wiring project with a projected cost of $170,000, consisting of $51,000 local funding and a State grant application for the remaining $119,000. Upon a recommendation by Dr. Teets, Mr. Carpenter moved that the revised CIP be approved as presented. Mr. Raley seconded the motion which the Board unanimously approved.

Mr. Sines presented the five bid proposals for a cargo van for the maintenance department. Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously awarded the bid to Billy Bender Chevrolet, Geo., Inc., who submitted the lowest bid of $13,898 which includes a trade-in allowance of $3,650 for the current van.

Mr. Sines presented information relative to electric deregulation which had been discussed at previous Board meetings. Mr. Carpenter moved, with a second by Mr. Durst, that the Board join the APPI buyer=s pool for energy purchase. Discussion centered on whether such a decision was being made too early, what information or initiative in this regard would be proposed by the Maryland Energy Administration, and other buyers= partnering structure. Mr. Riley called for a vote, and the Board voted to accept the motion, 3-1, with Mrs. Sebold voting in the negative.

Dr. Teets presented detail of costs for fleet insurance proposal, recommending that the Board approve award of the bid to BGS&G with the premium amount of $42,624. Upon a motion by Mr. Durst, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Part VIII - Public Comment

Ms. Irene Sigel, as president of GCEA, addressed the Board asking that they support the National School Board Association=s position regarding non-support of private school vouchers, as stated in the NSBA AIssue Brief,@ April 1998.

Part IX - Instructional Concerns

Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, distributed the newly published Garrett County Board of Education Informational Calendar 1998-99, which is being distributed one per family per school.

Miss Henrietta Lease, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 9-12, presented the English Program of Studies, 9-12 - Working Draft. Mrs. Maxine Miller, previous director and Mr. William Kolbe, teacher, were also present. Miss Lease noted that the document will remain in working draft form for the remainder of this year during which time revisions may take place as the document is used by the teachers. Review and comments by the public are welcomed during this time.

Part X - Personnel Recommendations

Dr. Teets recommended the following personnel for approval:

Resignations:    Willard Harsh, 7.5 hour./day Cafeteria Assistant, SH, effective 8/28/98

                            Lisa Janoske, Secretary III, Finance, effective 8/28/98

                            Donald Knode, Assistant in Food & Nutrition Services, effective 9/11/98

                            Jennifer Bonsell, Special Education Teacher, NX, effective 8/23/98

                            Diana Reynolds/Brenneman, .53 Special Education Teacher, SH, effective 8/26/98

                            Robert King, Special Education Teacher, DR, effective 9/11/98

                            Diane Martin, Special Education Teacher, SH/SX, effective 9/2/98

Retirement:    Georgia Durst, Cafeteria Manager, SH, effective 8/27/98

Appointments:    Robyn D. Nestor, Special Education Teacher, SH, Step 1, effective 8/26/98

                            Amy Yutzy, Speech Pathologist, AC, effective 8/28/98

                            Mary A. Glotfelty, 3.5 hour/day, Cafeteria Worker, NH, effective 8/28/98

                            Gretchen Shaffer, .4 Instructional Assistant, DR, Step 1, effective 8/26/98

                            Scott Germain, Food & Nutrition Service Program Manager, effective 9/16/98

Emergency Coaches:    Amy Nemith, Cheerleading Advisor, SH

                                        Ronald Opel, Assistant Girls= Track Coach

Coach:    Paul Edwards, Assistant Boys= Basketball, NH

Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mr. Durst, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Teets= recommendation.

Part XI - Instructional Concerns, continued

Miss Lease presented the Social Studies Program of Studies, 9-12 - Working Draft, consisting of separate documents for Civics, World History, United States History, Advanced U.S. Politics and Government, and Psychology. These programs of study will be available for public review and comment and brought back to the Board when in final form.

Mrs. Miller and Miss Lease expressed their appreciation to the number of teachers who gave their time this past summer to put these programs of study together.

The retirement dinner will be held this year on October 1, 1998, at the Silver Tree Inn. Miss Lease will handle arrangements.

Mrs. Jo Ann Vent, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education, presented the results of the 1996 Graduate Follow Up Survey. She noted that the survey, which always runs two years behind, includes data from all graduates of that year, rather than just CTE students. There were 252 responses (88.4%) which was the highest percentage in the State (State average = 73.8%). Of the respondents, approximately 50% were enrolled in two- or four-year colleges or career training programs. Mrs. Vent felt that the report showed very positive results.

Dr. McCartney presented the Mathematics Program of Studies, K-5, for action, noting there was no additional public comment since the document was presented to the Board last month. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Carpenter, the Board unanimously approved the Mathematics Program of Studies, K-5, as presented. Dr. McCartney noted that the texts approved last month had been ordered.

Dr. McCartney presented the Music Program of Studies, 6-8, for action, noting there was no additional public comment since the document was presented to the Board last month. Upon a recommendation by Dr. Teets, Mrs. Sebold moved and Mr. Raley seconded that the Music Program of Studies be approved as presented. After discussion regarding how the middle schools schedule related arts classes, the Board unanimously voted to approve the Music Program of Studies, 6-8.

Part XII - Board Concerns

Mr. Raley presented information regarding the National School Board Association voucher survey, contained in the NSBA AIssue Brief,@ April 1998. He read from the Board of Education Goals and cited Board Policy 100, noting that he felt that as a public body, the Board should basically oppose any public education dollars going to other than public schools. Mr. Raley made a motion that the Board endorse the NSBA effort to support the anti-voucher proposal.

Mr. Riley, hearing no second to the motion, presented material and research documents relative to parental choice, noting his concern that opposition to vouchers show fear that the public schools cannot compete. Mr. Riley read a resolution entitled AResolution: Choice in Education@ which he presented for approval and signatures of the Board. At Mr. Riley=s request, Mr. Raley assumed the chair while Mr. Riley moved, and Mrs. Sebold seconded, that the Board adopt the alternative resolution. Extensive discussion followed regarding advocacy of Achoice in education,@ the need for mechanisms to monitor fiscal responsibility of non-public schools receiving public funds, impact of Avoucher plan@ in communities where public schools are in trouble, the effect of free market incentive on school performance, and the best way to meet the needs of students and parents. Dr. Teets and Dr. McCartney expressed concern for the impact on Garrett County schools operating budget if funds are transferred out of public education to the private sector. Several members of the audience were recognized: Betty Wellborn, speaking on behalf of the Retired Teachers, noted her concern that the voucher system may have a negative impact; Madeline Collins stated the voucher plan would no doubt take money away from Garrett County; Cheryl Smith, teacher at Dennett Road Elementary School, expressed her concern about students reentering public school and the public school system having the responsibility to bring them up to par, educationally; and Irene Sigel questioned whether the problems of inner city schools would be improved via the voucher system or until family structure, safety and community issues can be fixed. Mr. Riley thanked everyone for their input on an emotional issue. Mr. Raley called for a vote on the aforementioned motion. The Board voted 3-1, with Mr. Carpenter abstaining, to adopt the AResolution: Choice in Education.@ Mr. Raley, as chair, did not vote, but expressed his opposition to AResolution: Choice in Education.@ (The resolution with the signatures of Mr. Riley, Mr. Durst and Mrs. Sebold is attached.)

Mr. Durst updated the Board regarding the K-12 Task Force on Drop-out Prevention, noting that the committee=s charge is to come up with a plan by March 1999 for those children who are underachieving.

Part XIII - Information Items

The following informational items were distributed with the September 13, 1998 agenda:

a.    Administrative Procedure 344.522 - Evening High School

b.    MSDE News Release ABack to School >98" (8/21/98)

c.    MSDE News Release AMaryland SAT Scores Lead Region . . .@(9/1/98)

d.    The Scoop, Vol. 7, No. 1 (9/98)

e.    Memo from Mr. Sines re: Major Projects Update (8/25/98)

f.    Memo from Mr. Sines re: Y2K Compliance/Honeywell, Inc. (8/12/98)

g.    Professional Development Activity Summary - Summer 1998 (Pam Neal)

h.    Update re: Molly Kelly Presentation (9/8/98)

i.    September 1998 School Activities

Dr. McCartney noted that the Molly Kelly presentation, approved by the Board in July, 1996, is scheduled for October 20 at both middle schools. A permission slip to Aopt out@ will be sent to parents. The program will be paid for by the Mt. Top Crisis Pregnancy Center, Inc. Mr. Riley asked that the permission slip to parents include a note that the Board supports this program.

Mrs. Sebold noted the following events:

Sept. 11             Bus Contractors Dinner at Bittinger Fire Hall: 55th anniversary of the Association

Sept. 24             Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition meeting, Garrett Community College at 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 25             Health Advisory Committee, Garrett Community College at 9:00 a.m.

Sept. 25-26      Net Weekend

Sept. 28             Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee meeting

Oct. 7-9             MABE Conference at the Wisp Resort

Oct. 12              Mt. Top College Expo at the Wisp Resort

Part XIV - Adjournment

At 9:25 p.m. the Board, by consensus, adjourned public session and met in closed session to continue appeal deliberations and to discuss the superintendent=s contract.


_______________________________________ _______________________________________
Patrick W. Riley Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:      October 13, 1998


Attachment I

BOE Minutes of September 8, 1998



Resolution: Choice in Education


Whereas, the issue of parental choice in education and the use of vouchers or tax credits to fund that choice is a matter of current debate; and

Whereas, we believe it is the role of the Garrett County Board of Education to advocate a school system which reflects the desires of our community; and

Whereas, we may have achieved some measure of success in this regard; and

Whereas, we also commend the high quality of our employees and their sincere desire to abide by the wishes of our community; and

Whereas, the fear of parental choice in education as expressed by both the National Teachers Unions, as well as the State and National School Boards Associations, reflects a lack of faith in the current system of public education, the quality of education therein and our ability to attract students freely, without economic coercion; and

Whereas, the Garrett County Board of Education is confident that a strong majority of parents in Garrett County will continue to make the Garrett County Public Schools their schools of choice even if our current subsidized monopoly were weakened; and

Whereas, there is a volume of historical and modern evidence that indicates competition and choice in human endeavors provide market incentives which lead to better goods and services; and

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Garrett County Board of Education remains committed to providing a public school system which reflects the desires of our citizens; and

Be it further resolved, that we believe that parents have the God-given right and responsibility to train and make educational choices for their children; and

Be it further resolved, that we request those organizations which oppose and even fear the educational choices of parents to refocus their efforts towards producing schools which are capable of competing should educational markets become more open; and

Be it further resolved, that we appeal to all parties concerned that all rules and regulations that may hinder the ability of the public schools in their quest to be competitive be repealed; and

In Witness Whereof, we hereunto set our hands this eighth day of the ninth month, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-third.



Patrick W. Riley, President



Charlotte Sebold, Associate Member



Rodney L. Durst, Associate Member